Monday, April 7, 2008

China is not Japan

All too often, I see people who have made a business out of "exoticising" Japan, attempt to do the same for China. As I have said on more than one occasion, Japan can take a fair amount of the "blame" for perpetuating its own "enigma" but I doubt very much that China will do the same.
One stark difference between the two cultures is the clear dependence on rational thought* exhibited by nearly every Chinese person I have met compared to the easy acquiescence to "emotionalism" so rampant in Japan.

*(This is not to say Chinese society as a whole is always rational, but that is another discussion.)

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